"Kent State gave me the strong foundation to help me succeed in making my career goals a reality. What I value most from my time as a student are the strong relationships I built with my mentors and peers. This network continues to be a positive resource long after graduation."
– Kristine Haag (BFA, Design and Technology '03)
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design and Technology
Design New Worlds
The Design and Technology program prepares students for careers as professional theatre designers, technicians and artisans. Students receive training in traditional and new methods of theatrical design and technology, graduating as dynamic and creative theatre practitioners. A significant commitment to intensive specialization is demanded of all students pursuing the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Design and Technology seeks to develop individuals who are flexible, dynamic, and creative collaborators in the theatre arts.
Students pursuing the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Design and Technology can expect to find employment in a wide array of performing arts venues and organizations in the areas of scenic design, lighting design, sound design, technical direction, costume design and stage management following graduation. Many students choose to enroll in graduate programs in their chosen specialty for further intensive study.
Admission & Audition Requirements
General Admission for Freshman Students
Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.
General Admission for Transfer Students
Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for transfer students.
Students in the Design and Technology program must complete a minimum of 121 credit hours and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in major courses and overall 2.0 GPA to graduate. The Design and Technology program can be successfully completed in 4 years (8 semesters) if an average of 15-16 credit hours are taken per semester.
In addition to 36 credit hours taken in Kent Core requirements, Design and Technology majors can expect to take courses in making theatre, acting, fundamentals of production, theatrical drafting, lighting design, scenic design, costume design, presentation media, history of theatre and drama, and theatre technology. Students are required to participate in at least one MainStage production every semester, complete practicum classes and maintain a portfolio to be reviewed and approved every academic year.